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  • Posted by Jonathan on February 26th, 2006 (All posts by )

    One Chicagoboy says this photo reminds him of a Johnny Cash song:

    ONE PIECE AT A TIME
    Recorded by Johnny Cash
    Written by W. Kemp

    [F] Well, I left Kentucky back in ’49
    An’ [Bb] went to Detroit workin’ on a ‘sembly line
    The C] first year they had me puttin’ wheels on cadil- [F] lacs
    Every day I’d watch them beauties roll by
    And [Bb] sometimes I’d hang my head and cry
    ‘Cause I [C] always wanted me one that was long and [F] black.

    One day I devised myself a plan
    That should be the envy of most any man
    I’d sneak it out of there in a lunchbox in my hand
    Now gettin’ caught meant gettin’ fired
    But I figured I’d have it all by the time I retired
    I’d have me a car worth at least a hundred grand.

    CHORUS
    [F] I’d get it one piece at a time
    And it [Bb] wouldn’t cost me a dime
    You’ll [C] know it’s me when I come through your [F] town
    I’m gonna ride around in style
    I’m gonna [Bb] drive ever’body wild
    ‘Cause I’ll [C] have the only one there is a-[F] round.

    So the very next day when I punched in
    With my big lunchbox and with help from my friends
    I left that day with a lunch box full of gears
    Now I never considered myself a thief
    But GM wouldn’t miss just one little piece
    Especially if I strung it out over several years.

    The first day I got me a fuel pump
    And the next day I got me an engine and a trunk
    Then I got me a transmission and all of the chrome
    The little things I could get in my big lunchbox
    Like nuts, an’ bolts, and all four shocks
    But the big stuff we snuck out in my buddy’s mobile home.

    Now up to now my plan went allright
    ‘Til we tried to put it all together one night
    And that’s when we noticed that something was definitely wrong.
    The transmission was a ’53
    And the motor turned out to be a ’73
    And when we tried to put in the bolts all the holes were gone.

    So we drilled it out so that it would fit
    And with a little bit of help with an A-daptor kit
    We had that engine runnin’ just like a song
    Now the headlight’ was another sight
    We had two on the left and one on the right
    But when we pulled out the switch all three of ‘em come on.

    The back end looked kinda funny too
    But we put it together and when we got thru
    Well, that’s when we noticed that we only had one tail-fin
    About that time my wife walked out
    And I could see in her eyes that she had her doubts
    But she opened the door and said “Honey, take me for a spin.”

    So we drove up town just to get the tags
    And I headed her right on down main drag
    I could hear ever’body laughin’ for blocks around
    But up there at the court house they didn’t laugh
    ‘Cause to type it up it took the whole staff
    And when they got through the title weighed sixty pounds.

    CHORUS
    I got it one piece at a time
    And it didn’t cost me a dime
    You’ll know it’s me when I come through your town
    I’m gonna ride around in style
    I’m gonna drive ever’body wild
    ‘Cause I’ll have the only one there is around.

    (Spoken) Ugh! Yow, RED RYDER This is the COTTON MOUTH
    In the PYSCHO-BILLY CADILLAC Come on
    Huh, This is the COTTON MOUTH
    And negatory on the cost of this mow-chine there RED RYDER
    You might say I went right up to the factory
    And picked it up, it’s cheaper that way
    Ugh!, what model is it

    [F] Well, It’s a ’49, ’50, ’51, ’52, [Bb] ’53, ’54, ’55, ’56
    [C] ’57, ’58′ 59′ Automo-[F] bile
    (Fade) It’s a ’60, ’61, ’62, ’63, [Bb] ’64, ’65, ’66, ’67
    [C] ’68, ’69, ’70 Automo-[F] bile.

     

    4 Responses to “”

    1. Lex Says:

      Damn, that is beautiful. That is America. Just beautiful.

    2. Anonymous Says:

      Better Song fit:

      Bruce Springsteen
      Pink Cadillac
      :

      You may think I’m foolish
      For the foolish things I do
      You may wonder how come I love you
      When you get on my nerves like you do
      Well baby you know you bug me
      There ain’t no secret ’bout that
      Well come on over here and hug me
      Baby I’ll spill the facts
      Well honey it ain’t your money
      ‘Cause baby I got plenty of that
      I love you for your pink Cadillac
      Crushed velvet seats
      Riding in the back
      Oozing down the street
      Waving to the girls
      Feeling out of sight
      Spending all my money
      On a Saturday night
      Honey I just wonder what you do there in back
      Of your pink Cadillac
      Pink Cadillac

      Well now way back in the Bible
      Temptations always come along
      There’s always somebody tempting
      Somebody into doing something they know is wrong
      Well they tempt you, man, with silver
      And they tempt you, sir, with gold
      And they tempt you with the pleasures
      That the flesh does surely hold
      They say Eve tempted Adam with an apple
      But man I ain’t going for that
      I know it was her pink Cadillac
      Crushed velvet seats
      Riding in the back
      Oozing down the street
      Waving to the girls
      Feeling out of sight
      Spending all my money
      On a Saturday night
      Honey I just wonder what it feels like in the back
      Of your pink Cadillac
      Now some folks say it’s too big
      And uses too much gas
      Some folks say it’s too old
      And that it goes too fast
      But my love is bigger than a Honda
      It’s bigger than a Subaru
      Hey man there’s only one thing
      And one car that will do
      Anyway we don’t have to drive it
      Honey we can park it out in back
      And have a party in your pink Cadillac

    3. Omnibus Driver Says:

      Funny. It reminds ME of Michael Nesmith’s “Eldorado to the Moon” off his “Newer Stuff” album… but then again, I’m an old fart.

      (http://www.videoranch.com/html/products.html)

    4. Yansen Says:

      ooh… so beautiful… California I love you…